Girls Volleyball: Lincoln-Way Central downs Lincoln-Way EastLW Eastmiddle hitter Kayla Currier spikes the ball between the block of LW Central's Cartina Cimaroli (16) and Kaitlyn Siadek (10). | John Patsch~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 11, 2012 8:54PM
Thursday’s SouthWest Suburban Blue match against visiting Lincoln-Way East was more than just about revenge for Lincoln-Way Central.
The Knights were fighting for their conference survival as well. They weren’t fighting very well, down 21-15 late in Set 1, when junior Jacqueline Langer starting swinging.
Of their final 10 points in an improbable comeback, six came on five kills and an ace by the 5-foot-11 outside hitter. In Set 2, East had a pretty impressive comeback of its own going on when Langer put two devastating spikes in it.
“I just thought I needed to bring the team some fire. I just swung the ball down after some beautiful sets from Kaitlyn (Siadek),” a smiling Langer said after the 25-23, 25-20 victory.
Langer finished with 14 kills, five blocks and six digs. Siadek had seven digs and three blocks to go along with 29 assists, while Maria Brown contributed five kills, five blocks and 14 digs, and Amanda Solan nine blocks and seven kills for the Knights (21-7, 4-1).
Lincoln-Way East (20-8, 3-2) was paced by Marissa DeGroot (6 kills, 13 digs), Kayla Currier (7 kills), Sara Buchbach (5 kills, 12 digs), Dana Van Dyck (14 digs) and Taylor Nirchi (18 assists).
The win kept Central one game behind Sandburg, with two conference matches remaining. The two are scheduled to meet at Sandburg in the league finale on Oct. 17.
East beat Central on Sept. 15 en route to winning the Mother McAuley Preview.
“We just had a couple of plays (today) that really pumped us up,” Siadek said. “And I feel we pushed the entire match, and that was really the difference. Overall, it was so intense. It was a great game and a great win for us.”
The Griffins used some pretty effective tipping and some power shots by Currier during the early pull away. Even after a service error, it was still 21-16 East.
But things began to turn around after a Brown kill was followed up by a blast down the left line by Langer. Siadek started to go to Langer more often than not, even after she went to the back row.
“I think Jackie had the game of her life,” Siadek said. “I have a lot of trust in Jackie just because she’s so consistent.”
Langer had two blocks and a kill, and Dolan a pair of kills from the middle during a 6-0 start in Set 2. East didn’t fold, however, chipping away until a kill by Buchbach and a block by Sarah Dobrich got the Griffins within 21-20.
But again, Central was ready when it mattered the most. Claire Vrabec bookended two kils around a pair by Langer to end the match.
“It looked like things were moving in the right direction,” Griffins coach Linda Vivona said. “I was telling the girls, ‘See it to the finish.’ But I think we just kind of let up a little bit. When you let up against solid teams, they’ll take advantage of that opportunity and surge forward. That’s pretty much what happened.”